Paws of War Sends Adorable Therapy Dogs To Camp For People with Special Needs

Paws of War is one of the most amazing charitable organizations around. Founded in 2014, Paws of War has provided 100’s of Veterans with service and support dogs rescued from kill shelters. They also rescue animals from oversees and reunite them with service members, and they provide housing assistance for veterans with pets.

Another things Paws of War does is provide therapy dogs to spend time with people with special needs and disabilities. Just check out these beautiful pics.

Paws of War posted on their Facebook page, in part, "Dedicated teams from Paws of War, therapy dogs are on hand to provide companionship, reassurance, joy, and healing, and the unique impact they have is profound. We are honored to be part of creating a special experience for those visiting Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck and the memories and connections made over the years always leave us looking forward to going back to this special place."

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The pups visit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck every Thursday and comfort and companionship to people of all ages. What a wonderful use of therapy dogs!

How Therapy Dogs Help People With Special Needs

Therapy dogs are different from service dogs. Service dogs perform specific tasks to assist individuals with disabilities, helping them navigate daily life. Some of these jobs include guiding blind people, alerting deaf people and helping them navigate walking, pulling a wheelchair, reminding someone to take medication, or alerting to oncoming seizures. Therapy dogs provide comfort, affection, and emotional support to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other facilities, like Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck.

Therapy dogs reduce anxiety and stress. Interacting with therapy dogs can help lower stress levels and anxiety, and provide a calming effect through physical contact and companionship. Petting dogs and interacting with dogs can increase our dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin levels. These are the “feel good” chemicals our brains release that improve mood and affect happiness.

Therapy dogs can be incorporated into almost every physical, occupational, or speech therapy session, which may help people enjoy therapy more.

Most of all, these dogs offer unconditional love and companionship, helping individuals form meaningful emotional connections that can be deeply rewarding and supportive. There's nothing like the love of a dog to improve mood and brighten someone's day. I'm sure the dogs were as excited to see the campers as they were to see them! What a wonderful organization Paws of War is for doing this for people.

If you would like to make a donation to Paws of War, you can visit their website here.